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Video shows first tsunami waves strike after large earthquake rocks Japan

A resident of Iwaki, a city close to Fukushima, said: “We saw high waves – but nothing that went over the tidal barriers.”

USGS geophysicist Jessica Turner told CNN the quake was smaller than the disaster struck five years ago.

She told CNN: “It is much smaller in magnitude and energy release than the 9.0-magnitude that occurred in March of 2011… we can expect to see aftershocks for the next several days (but) it’s hard to predict.”

The Japanese Meteorological Agency ordered several locations to “evacuate immediately” and move to higher ground as news of the tsunami broke.

An emergency bulletin stated: “Tsunami Warning. Damage due to tsunami waves is expected.

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